For an analysis of what Sadiq Kahn’s win in the London Mayoral election means, read John Curtice’s piece from Saturday
Last week Britain had “Super Thursday”: Brits voted in local, regional, mayoral and police and crime commissioner elections. Labour now has control of 58 councils—and 1,326 councillors—while the respective numbers for the Conservatives are 38 and 842. However, Opposition parties of the last few decades have made gains in equivalent elections, while on Thursday Labour lost 18 council seats.
In Wales, Labour lost one seat in the country’s Assembly but remains the largest party in the country. The SNP remains by far the largest party in Scotland, but has also lost its majority in the Scottish Parliament. Labour did very poorly north of the border, and the Scottish Conservatives are now the second largest party in the country.
So, what should the party leaderships take away from all this? A panel from across the political spectrum—including Rhodri Morgan, former First Minister for Wales, and Rob Halfon, Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party, offer their views.
A good result after six years in government
Rob Halfon, Conservative Party Deputy Chairman
This a strong performance for a party that has been in government for six years. We have achieved an historic result in Scotland under Ruth Davidson’s leadership and made significant gains in both the Police and Crime Commissioner elections and in local councils. This shows that when we protect families’ finances, protect the NHS and work hard to create opportunity for everyone we win public support.
In contrast, the Labour Party suffered their worst result in Scotland since 1910, lost ground in the Welsh Assembly for the first time since 2007 and failed to gain the hundreds of seats opposition parties would expect the year after a general election. Labour were always going to do well in London because they did well there in last year’s general election. But, overall the results across the country show that the Labour Party has lost touch with working people.